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October 25, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Hal Needham, a highly regarded Hollywood stuntman and director of frothy, adrenaline-pumped films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," has died. He was 82. Needham died Friday in Los Angeles, according to his business managers at Laura Lizer and Associates. No other details were immediately available. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Needham spoke with a down-home twang. He was a fixture in the movie business for most of his working life. In a stunt career that spanned hundreds of TV episodes and feature films, he tumbled down cliffs, leaped off boulders, jumped from planes, tottered off balconies and plunged from towers.
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October 25, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Hal Needham, a highly regarded Hollywood stuntman and director of frothy, adrenaline-pumped films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," has died. He was 82. Needham died Friday in Los Angeles, according to his business managers at Laura Lizer and Associates. No other details were immediately available. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Needham spoke with a down-home twang. He was a fixture in the movie business for most of his working life. In a stunt career that spanned hundreds of TV episodes and feature films, he tumbled down cliffs, leaped off boulders, jumped from planes, tottered off balconies and plunged from towers.
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September 5, 2013 | By John Horn
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor actress Angelina Jolie with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, a coveted honor given to people "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” The academy also announced Thursday that it would give special honorary awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and veteran costume designer Piero Tosi. Once part of the annual Oscar telecast, the Governors Awards are now a separate event. The fifth-annual ceremony will occur on Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
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March 15, 1988
Movie director Hal Needham has had a falling out with William Fredrick, his longtime friend and business associate. Fredrick was fired last week as chief engineer of Camera Platforms International, a publicly held Valencia company headed by Needham that leases camera cars and develops lighting equipment. Needham said the dispute was over how much to spend on various company projects.
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September 5, 2013 | By John Horn
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor actress Angelina Jolie with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, a coveted honor given to people "whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.” The academy also announced Thursday that it would give special honorary awards to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and veteran costume designer Piero Tosi. Once part of the annual Oscar telecast, the Governors Awards are now a separate event. The fifth-annual ceremony will occur on Nov. 16 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
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November 29, 1994 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a decade of big losses, studio equipment maker Camera Platforms International has announced it needs a buyer or merger partner. The company, started by "Smokey and the Bandit" director Hal Needham, managed to stagger through losses in recent years thanks largely to the financial support of UST Inc., a highly profitable tobacco company ("Skoal") based in Greenwich, Conn.
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September 5, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Late Wednesday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that stunt performer Hal Needham, documentarian D.A. Pennebaker and arts advocate George Stevens Jr. will receive honorary awards and that DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg will be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The awards will be handed out Dec. 1 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center. This will mark the fourth year that the academy has distributed the awards in a separate event from the annual Oscars ceremony.
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January 26, 1988
Camera Platforms International, a Valencia company that rents camera cars to film makers, said it agreed to buy 12 cars and equipment from Jack Lietzke Studio Rentals for $290,000 plus 15,000 shares of Camera Platforms stock. Camera Platforms, headed by film director Hal Needham, also announced that Walter Wood, its president and a director, has resigned. Needham, who is chairman and chief executive, will assume Wood's duties.
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September 5, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Needham is a stunt performer and coordinator who has worked on more than 300 feature films, including " Blazing Saddles," "Little Big Man" and "Chinatown. " Needham also co-founded Stunts Unlimited and is known for mentoring young stunt performers. Needham made his directorial debut with "Smokey and the Bandit. " He went on to direct such features as "Hooper" and the "Cannonball Run" films. During his six-decade career, D.A. Pennebaker has directed more than 20 feature-length documentaries , including "Don't Look Back," "Monterey Pop," and "The War Room," for which he received an Oscar nomination.
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November 29, 1994 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a decade of big losses, studio equipment maker Camera Platforms International has announced it needs a buyer or merger partner. The company, started by "Smokey and the Bandit" director Hal Needham, managed to stagger through losses in recent years thanks largely to the financial support of UST Inc., a highly profitable tobacco company ("Skoal") based in Greenwich, Conn.
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March 15, 1988
Movie director Hal Needham has had a falling out with William Fredrick, his longtime friend and business associate. Fredrick was fired last week as chief engineer of Camera Platforms International, a publicly held Valencia company headed by Needham that leases camera cars and develops lighting equipment. Needham said the dispute was over how much to spend on various company projects.
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